France plans petrol/diesel car ban by 2040, Norway by 2025
France broke the internet last weekend when their current government announced their plan to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Now Norway is supposedly announcing that they will carry out a similar ban by 2025.
According to a Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv headline, the populist right-wing “Progress Party” claims they have reached a consensus with opposition parties on carrying out a ban on all petrol cars by 2025, although others from the same party are claiming the move has not been confirmed. The goal is to apparently have 100% of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.
According to The Independent, about 24% of Norway’s cars already run on electricity, and more than 99% of electricity covered by hydropower. The irony is that the country is also highly dependent on petroleum revenues, since it is an oil producer, second only to Saudi Arabia in oil exports.
France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, as announced by the country’s new environment minister, Nicolas Hulot. As part of the plan to make France carbon-neutral by 2050, poorer households will receive a premium so they can swap their polluting vehicles for “clean” alternatives. It remains to be seen how this affects the struggling French automotive industry, and whether any future elected governments overturn this ban, just as U.S. president Donald Trump famously backed out of the Paris climate accord while his predecessor supported it. Britain’s Labour Party also has a proposal that no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold in the UK by 2030.
The French announcement came right after Volvo said on Wednesday that it planned to build only electric and hybrid vehicles from 2019. On Norway’s vague announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was spotted in an ecstatic mood on Twitter.